Unfortunately, Another Correct Prediction

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 4:15 pm

Ho hum. Here we are once again. The weekly report of Initial Unemployment Claims is out, jobless claims for last week are up “more than expected,” the figures from last week’s report have been revised upwards again, economists are surprised and water is wet.


CBO: Ryan’s Budget Plan Means Worse, More Expensive Coverage for Poor, Old and Disabled

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 11:10 am

Paul Ryan’s Republican budget plan would privatize Medicare and dramatically slash Medicaid over time. The result: senior citizens, poor children and the disabled paying dramatically more for care, getting worse health insurance coverage and/or losing coverage altogether.

Boehner Makes Lying an Art in Dismissing CBO “Opinion” on Health Care Reform

By: Friday January 7, 2011 12:30 pm

It is not unusual for politicians to lie, but, in his efforts to repeal health care reform, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has turned it into a metaphysical art form.

Unemployment Insurance Keeps Middle Class Families Out of Poverty

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 6:00 pm

The CBO report makes it clear that unemployment insurance is not about a bunch of poor people suckling at the federal teat. It’s about keeping families from slipping into poverty.

Nevertheless, the GOP will continue to mobilize classist and racist narratives to make sure this useful benefit is not extended.

The Deficit Crisis Is a Fantasy

By: Monday June 28, 2010 1:35 pm

After going to one of the AmericaSpeaks community conversations Saturday, I’m even more confident that the deficit crisis being promoted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, AmericaSpeaks, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and the Obama Administration, as well of much the world’s global elite is a fantasy. There is no truth to it, and it is a dangerous fantasy, because if one believes it, then that can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The austerity they recommend for the long-term can make the slow growth and difficult times they project come true. It can catch us all in a nightmare of their making. The “reasoning” behind their fantasy is simple enough.

Spring Surprise: CBO Says Health Care Reform to Cost $115 Billion More Than Originally Projected

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 10:50 am

The Congressional Budget Office just revised upwards the projected cost of the new health care law by $115 billion, a law written, supported, and sold to Americans by PhRMA and the for-profit hospitals. Until Congress is actually willing to take on these groups directly, we regular Americans will continue to get ripped off. . . and our deficit will continue to increase.

Bouncing the Rubble: Biden and Rubin Star at Hamilton Project Relaunch

By: Saturday April 24, 2010 7:00 pm

If there’s a social program left standing in the moonscape Obama’s Hamilton Project masters inflicted on America, Greenstone and the Project are there to ensure Obama nukes it. If someone you care deeply about depends on Social Security – or will depend on Social Security – call them up today and tell them you love them. Because Team Obama has targeted Social Security…and your loved ones are just the MOTU’s version of collateral damage. Deaths you can believe in, right?

Finding Metrics by Which to Measure Health Care Reform

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 2:33 pm

“What’s the CBO score?” is one way to judge between competing health reform efforts, but hardly the best way. How about asking the questions raised by Faithful Reform in Health Care: how many lives will be saved, and how many jobs preserved?

CBO Blows Massive Hole in Previous Defense for Reid Adding Annual Limit Loophole

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 6:30 pm

The American people deserve an explanation on how and why this important consumer provision was almost gutted. The previously offered defense for the elimination of the ban on annual limits was not based in reality.

All Hail the Almighty CBO and Its Crippling of Medical Loss Ratio

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 10:56 am

I wish for the day when legislation is written by our legislators and not by some unelected accountant. Because Senator Harry Reid wanted to make the CBO score look prettier he will allow insurance companies to waste an extra 10% of your premiums on not providing health care. All hail the almighty CBO.

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